A day after Cyclone Phailin lashed the Odisha coast, full-throated praise for the Naveen Patnaik government on minimising loss of human life through mass evacuation morphed into angry protests by t

The Phailin wound barely healed, Ganjam district on Thursday was threatened by yet another natural calamity, that of flood.

Almost all rivers were in spate, triggered by four days of unprecedented rain, forcing the government to evacuate people to safer places.
"Over one lakh people were marooned as floodwaters from Rushikulya, Badanadi, Ghodahada and Bahuda rivers entered many villages. By evening, nearly 10,000 people had been evacuated. The communication network has been badly disrupted.

As per the estimate, the state energy department has suffered maximum losses due to the cyclone and flood. The state government has requested the Centre to provide Rs 4,242.

Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon, has borne the brunt of Phailin with its shoreline plantation shattered by strong gale and tidal surge.

Although a proper survey is yet to be conducted by the Forest Department to assess the loss, eye estimate reports said devastation of Chilika’s beautiful shoreline plantation was visible. More than 70 per cent of the forest situated on the edge of the water has been either uprooted or buried under thick sand cover.

To take up relief and restoration works in the affected areas of Odisha.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has sought an advance of Rs 1,000 crore from the government of India to take up relief and restoration works in the affected areas of Odisha.

Loss of Odisha Sands Complex is estimated at about Rs 100-crore

While cyclone Phailin has passed off without causing too many casualties, major industries in south Odisha’s Ganjam district, the worst-hit by the storm, took a hard knock.

Over 100 kilometres from the coast, the villages in interior Ganjam district
thought they would escape Cyclone Phailin. But the high speed winds and heavy rainfall destroyed their houses.

“We never thought the cyclone would affect us. In 1999 too, we did not face any problems. For the first time, I saw such high speed winds. The torrential rain made it worse,” said Khadala Nayak, naib sarpanch of Inginati village in Belaguntha block. At least four other villages in the block have been affected.

Hit hardest by Cyclone 'Phailin', the coastal district of Ganjam is estimated to have suffered a loss of at least Rs 3,000 crore in the nature's fury which has deprived lakhs of people of their liv

Two days after Cyclone Phailin made landfall, Chhatrapur, the district headquarters of Ganjam, struggled without electricity or water supply.

Over 1.26 crore people suffer as storm hits transport, power lines

Seventeen persons were killed as the very severe cyclonic storm, Phailin, hit the Odisha coast near Gopalpur in Ganjam district late on Saturday evening, Special Relief Commissioner P.K. Mohapatra said on Sunday.

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